Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,675 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 1,675
Hads: 4,861
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 4.98%
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003

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Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit of hops at the beginning with bit of bitterness. Earthy. Sharp roast acidyaftertaste. Malt, bark. Full body.
What's the fuss? Did I cellar it for too long at weeks? Its 9.5% and 2003 after all, and was cellared at the store. Was actually better late that eveing when it lost a bit of carbonation.

OK beer but not a great imperial stout.
like the bottle. (364 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 1/31/11.

Pours a midnight black with an immense 4 inch tan head. The head forms towards the middle of the glass and bubbles rush towards the surface. Nice thick globs and rings on lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malts, cocoa powder, subdued coffee, and citrus zest. Slight alcohol notes as the beer warms. Taste is of dark malts, roasted coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate, and slight soy sauce. There is a mild hop/coffee/chocolate bitterness on the palate after each sip. Low carbonation with a very thick and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer. It's nice to try the base for all the other Yeti beers in it's original form. I am glad this is available year-round where I live. (743 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5/17/10. This is truly a wonderfully delicious drink.

Pours thick viscous black with a thick, firm and rich brown head that's lasting.

Nose is all sweet black chocolate and rich sweet roasted coffee and grain.

Mouthfeel is creamy and rich, almost like a coffee/chocolate shake for adults!

Flavors follow nose and mouthfeel with rich, bold and assertive sweet black chocolate, turkish coffee and rich roasted grains. Nice bitter espresso finish.

This stout is far better than I expected from the bottle and better than the examples I'd previously tasted. This one is worthy of a place high in the stout rankings. (629 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewery.

A: very dark, No light getting through. 2 finger off white head with tons of lacing.

S: peppery and smokey

T: the hops are well represented initially which fades to a smokey with sweet milk chocolate finish.

M: thick and oily. Moderate to high carbonation

Overall: incredibly drinkable for an imperial stout. Very good beer with excellent transition between flavors. (395 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured into a snifter glass with a finger high creamy mocha head that died down yet consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface..
S: The nose is filled with aromas of roasted malts and also has notes of chocolate and cocoa powder.
T: Like the smell, flavors of roasted malts dominate the overall taste, which also has notes of chocolate, cocoa and coffee beans. The finish has a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels full-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
D: Considering its strength, the beer is quite drinkable for the style. (698 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very, very dark brown with a dark tan head and a decent amount of lacing.

S: Definitely some hops, which stand out right away in this style of beer. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a little bit of dark brown sugar.

T: Similar to the smell, with everything coming together a little bit more. Nicely balanced between all the flavors, and quite complex.

M: Nice and thick without being too viscous. Creamy.

D: A pretty easy stout to take down, which could be trouble given that the 9.5% is very well hidden. (525 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a charcoal black color with the darkest head I have ever seen; decent retention and lacing

Smell: Incredibly rich charcoal roasted malt, chocolate and espresso with plenty of hops, as well

Taste: Starts out with a roasty bittersweet chocolate and coffee base that also features a graham cracker and caramel flavor; but this is just the beginning as it doesn't take long for the hops to kick in and complement the sweet flavors and bring it all home with an espresso and tobacco finish

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous, almost velvety, with moderate to low carbonation; alcoholic warmth drips down the gullet

Drinkability: What a great example of the double stout style; this one has it all, particularly on a cold winter night; I have tasted this with some age and tasted it in its youth - with the hops in here it is best consumed while fresh (861 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the famous and acclaimed yeti! not a cheap 4pack. pours a very thick syrupy almost black brown with a surprisingly large mocha bubbly head a few inches high. smells like espresso and molasses right up front, bittersweet with a touch of spice. also the high alcohol content is obvious. flavor is large and complex, melted dark chocolate runs into licorice notes and a strong coffee finish. the beer is also rather sweet, especially as it gets warmer in the glass. its almost too sweet as it goes on. booze presents itself too. feel is very full bodied, and a little syrupy. the carbonation is very tame, which is stypical of the style. overall i like this a lot, and even better than some of the specialty yeti beers. this is an excellent imperial stout if you dont mind the sweeter finish. (789 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undoubtedly a special beer. It ranks among the best because of its controlled boldness, but not for it's complexity-- it's a straight forward brew with few dimensions, but all those dimensions are well sculpted.

With the look of a opaque black concoction that suits milky and chocolaty descriptions, the beer has a tremendous loose knit brown-tan head, retention lingers forever and laced very well. What's not to like?

Smells chocolatey with a burnt cocoa scent, sweet caramelized malts, cherry rum-like alcohols, strong bitter coffee, and highly kilned grains. Extremely powerful to the nose.

Tastes initially sweet of caramelized barley malts, cocoa, and and light licorice. Robust with espresso and roastiness. Mild berry tartness fills in the blanks. Agressive hop bittering compounds the roasted grain to create intense piney resiny flavors deep into the taste

The body is thick, creamy, chewy, and heavy on the palate. Slides down the gullet thick and creamy, chased by the coffee bittering and berry tartness. Lingers malty sweet, complexly bitter, and long. Aftertaste is roasty, coffee, and reminescent of bittering and cocoa. High levels of mainly sweet (mildly fusal) alcohols hide behind the sweet body and shows in the finish.

I am very impressed with this one although it is unneccessarily hopped for the style. There is plenty going on without it. Still, a very good straight-forward Stout. (1,412 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one a while ago, it poured out very thick black with a dark brown head. The lacing was good here. The smell is a deep roasted chocolate malts with a rich nose of toast and coffee. The taste is rather complex going some a semi sweet to a dry burnt bitterness. The mouthfeel is thick making this one a sipper. I'd like to re-visit this one again one day. I feel it's worthy. (381 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black stout with a medium off-white foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and vanilla is very enjoyable. Taste start with some bitterness from the roasted malt and hops but then fades away to leave a strong vanilla finish. Body is about medium full and could have been fuller and alcohol is well hidden. A bit more sweet then the oak-aged version but as enjoyable nonetheless. (426 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pitch black with a slightly wispy tan head that dissipated within a minute or two.

Smell - Roasted malts, burnt bread, dark chocolate and a hint of coffee.

Taste/mouthfeel - Very roasty, but smooth - no astringency whatsoever. Moderate sweetness, with flavors of dark chocolate and molasses coming to mind. Medium-bodied. Hops take on an herbal bitterness in the background, blending quite nicely with the roasted, grainy bitterness from the malt. Alcohol is completely hidden, though I wouldn't exactly call this quaffable - the richness makes it a definite sipper.

Notes - Quality stuff for sure. A no-frills RIS with plenty of complexity to keep it interesting. (680 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Total, complete, absolute, utter black that is devoid of even a hint of lightening at the edges. The head is one of the darkest I've ever seen and has the texture, persistence and lace generation of the hoppiest IPA imaginable. I hope Great Divide isn't simply blowing smoke with their claim that this beer contains "an enormous quantity of hops". Simply put, the appearance is American double stout perfection.

The nose is impressively powerful. I'd even go so far as to call it darkly pungent. It consists of concentrated blackstrap molasses, bittersweet chocolate fudge, crushed coffee beans, scathingly citric hops and (unfortunately) alcohol. There's power to burn and any number of dark aromas to love, but I need a better job of ethanol masking to mention Yeti in the same breath as the world's best stouts.

Alcohol is also noted on the palate, although it's an integral part of the flavor profile rather than an outsider. The flavor is as big time as the appearance and the aroma suggested it would be. The thing that gives YIS its distinctive personality is sweetness and a wonderful tongue shredding hoppiness. The contrast between those two is what provides the lip smacking, gotta-gulp-it, out of this world deliciousness.

The malt structure is Titanic and oozes black maltiness from every porthole. The beer tastes like dark caramel-centered, fudge-covered, anise seed-flecked, coffee bean-studded beer candy. Given the behemoth that is malt, it's even more mind blowing that hops steal the show. This bottle is at least 6 months old, so it must have been a real humdinger when fresh. Only Bear Republic Big Bear Black gives it a run for its money in terms of hoppiness.

Not only does the sweet-bitter contrast work beautifully when it comes to the flavor profile, but it creates an interesting mouthfeel as well. The high malt sugar load results in one of the most full, sticky, lightly syrupy mouthfeels in recent memory, even as the hops cut through it like a razor-sharp stiletto. It's soothing and beautifully biting at once.

Yeti Imperial Stout is a hop lover's stout. If you have a low lupulin tolerance or believe that stouts are about malt and malt only, then give this beer a wide berth. If you like over the top beer, beer that is full to bursting with both barley malt and hop flowers, then you owe it to yourself to acquire Yeti by the case. My knees have gone weak at the thought of an oak aged version. (2,436 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, procured in one of those upscale American grocery stores (Portland, this time) that make me seethe with envy every time I stand dumbfounded in one of their beer 'departments' (what a concept!)...

This beer pours an oily black, with very slight auburn highlights, and two fingers of densely foamy chocolate milk head, which leaves some thin limestone arch lace around the glass in its wake. It smells like s'mores - smoky chocolate, bready caramel malt, vanilla, molasses, and (analogy ends here) bitter leafy, earthy hops. The taste is big chalky, roasted choco-malt, vanilla bean cream, astringent woody esters, simmering tobacco leaf, scorned bitter pine hops, and a subtle booze warming. The carbonation is on the low side, but still in the game, the body pretty damned full in weight, smooth, and creamy, but tinged with some dastardly (depending on how you look at it) hop prickliness. It finishes as polarized as ever was - semisweet chocolate, and zesty pine resin hops.

A very well-wrought RIS - big all around, and solid in all respects - the hops overdose a somewhat unexpected, but still enjoyable foil to the base nature of this particular beast. (1,173 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the thickest, blackest, gooiest oil looking looking liquid I have ever had the pleasure of sipping on! Hue big creamy frothy head, colored dark brown that would not fade on me, had to stay around and hang out. Black as night with big lace, looked perfect for an Imperial Stout, had to give it a 5! Smell was complex, albeit not as strong as I would have liked, but Chocolate, caramel, and coffee all were able to come through for me. Hint of alchol, which is to be expected at over 9%abv. The taste was ...yummy! Totally coffee and chocolate duking it out to predominate this one. Alcohol definatly there s well, but not bad at all, just enough to let you know to watch out. Hint of chocolate came through as it warmed, big dry hoppy finish, very nice! This is a very thick drink, like a chocolate milkshake, very warming a it goes down, very creamy and great late at night before bed! Overall I really enjoyed this and it is a toss up between this and the oaked yeti, I love them both, but definatly distinct and I could see why they chose to experiment with it, though it can definatly hold its own with any Imperial Stout! (1,133 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours out a dark black color with a one finger, chocolaty-brown head. It leaves good lacing.

S - It smells strongly of malt, chocolate and caramel. The alcohol aroma is also present.

T - Tastes of toffee, chocolate and malt. The carmel flavors come through more and more as it warms.

M - It is soft and creamy, but a fairly heavy beer.

D - Unbelievable. I've never found a RIS that I didn't like but this may be the best. (437 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pitch black with no light shoowing thru even when held up to a strong light with a mocha colored creamy two fingered head that took its time to settle leaving a ring of lace behind.Big bitter chocolate aromas along with an underlying earthiness from a nice dose of hop thrown in obviously with a beer so dark you are also gonna get a big roasty aroma as well.What I like best about this beer is the fact its no overly sweet like a alot of Impy souts are sue u get the chocolate and roasted elemants but what a great earthy/dry fifnsh gives this beer such balance making it just so damn drinkable.Creamy mouthfeel this beer glides down easy,another gem from Great Divide their big beer kick immense ass and I will keep enjoying them.

Wow I thought this beer was categorized as a Imperial Stout but a double stout it is and rightly so,damn good. (855 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a rich-looking, inky black body with a tall, tan-colored head.

Smell: Earthy, roasted malts with notes of espresso and rich, dark chocolate. Pine and citrus hop scents vie for attention.

Taste: Creamy, dark chocolate, anise, and dark caramel represent the sweeter side of things, while the roasted malts and resinous pine hop flavor brings the countering bitterness. Ends with a rather dry, roasty bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Concentrated, oily mouthfeel. Ample carbonation.

Drinkability: A very solid, powerfully roasty beer. (567 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Just under one finger of brown foam on an opaque, black body. The head settles down to a thin film and leaves a moderate ring of lace in its wake.

S - Big, rich aroma of dark chocolate with a hint of coffee. Notes of almond, vanilla, and a non-specific hoppiness that doesn't have a particular hop character, but warns of significant bitterness in the flavor.

T - Roast barley note, followed by dark chocolate flavors. The chocolate is followed by a velvety bitterness and then notes of smoke and tobacco. Some minor alcohol notes fade in and out during the finish while malt and hop bitterness battle for dominance and a strong smokey character coats the palate.

M - Thick, oily body and moderate carbonation. The finish is just sweet enough to balance the significant bitterness.

D - This is a very heavy, very complex beer and obviously built for sipping. The chocolate malt in the aroma is quite nice, but what really makes this beer memorable is the awesomely powerful, deep burnt tobacco character of the finish. While it may sound unpleasant to some, the lingering finish of this beer reminds me of nothing so much as the aftertaste of a good cigar and, under the right circumstances, that makes it quite drinkable.

This beer easily lends itself to pairing with dark chocolate and it may be the best match for a cigar of any beer I have yet encountered. (1,369 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic tumbler.

I find it odd that I've had the wood-aged varieties of this beer before the base version. Go figure. It pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of dark tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate syrup, molasses, and some light coffee. The taste brings in more of the same, though the spotlight is definitely on the roasted malts, the coffee (slightly more intense), and the (now dark) chocolate. The body is on the lighter side of heavy, with a very light moderate carbonation and a chewy feel. Overall, a very nice stout, a standout of the style, especially in terms of cost and availability. (639 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide's Yeti pours a full head of dark tan foam over an opague black body. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves solid walls of sticky lace about the glass.

The nose is a rich invitation to the flavors within, offering some very dark caramelish malt; almost burnt brown sugar; molasses; leafy hops; and a whiff of alcohol-soaked dark fruit with both a juicy and lightly tart side to it.

In the mouth, it's medium-full bodied with a standard carbonation that leaves a light bristle on the tongue before it warms to become more airy.

The flavor is rich, but intensely dark - almost burnt - and awash in alcohol. It's not as wide or rounded as some; but the caramelish malt somehow finds it's way upfront (and appears again in the finish!); followed by a slap of slightly tart dark fruit (oh, those burnt currants again!), chickory, baker's chocolate, and piney/muddy-grass hops. What a ride! It finishes a little less burnt with a dollop of fruit, and a swirl of caramelish malt that slowly fade to reveal lingering mocha java. (1,052 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip a snifter.

Pours black with several fingers of super rich & creamy (and EXTREMELY burnt looking) dark mocha colored head that looks a bit like chocolate milk at times. This simmers down into a rigid 1/4 finger of smooth and creamy retention that flares up extremely well, leaving a massive coating of lace and brown residues down the sides of the glass. The aroma is huge with roasted chocolate malts and underlying notes of caramel, coffee, and earthy, fresh smelling, floral hops in the back.

The aroma is thick chocolate and caramel sweetness up front that is met with equally robust notes of roasted malts, zippy coffee character, and a firm hop profile behind it. The finish is roasted bitterness that hangs in the mouth for a good bit. The mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy feeling overall, with a layer of prickly carbonation underneath that accentuates the aggressive bitterness of this. The feel slickens out a bit as it warms, revealing some toasty alcohol character underneath.

A winner of an Imperial Stout and definitely one of the better easier to find versions of the style out there. This doesn't go quite as deep as some of the tops in the style but is still an extremely solid look for those needing a Stout fix. (1,264 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours to a deep black with a thick, foamy brown head, which fades slowly and leaves a thick lace.

S: The aroma is rich and malty with heavy tones of mocha and toffee, also a bit of alcohol.

T: The taste is heavily malted and a little bit smoky, with chocolate & coffee flavor which remains dominant most of the time, but gives way to some bitterness. However it's not the typical bitterness you'd expect from hops, more like a black coffee/dark chocolate type of bitterness, which stick around in the after-taste. As it warms a bit, you taste the alcohol more and the sweetness levels out.

M: Very smooth as you drink it, with a heavy body and medium-to-light carbonation. Leaves a very sticky, syrupy film behind.

D: Definitely drinkable, but certainly not poundable. It goes down easy but is very filling.

Most places in this area carry the Oaked Yeti which I intend to try to compare the two. However I found this a just little bit north of RI and jumped at the chance to try it. I've had the Fresh Hop & Hercules Double from Great Divide and wasn't as impressed as most, but I wanted to make sure I sampled the full spectrum of styles for this brewery to make sure my judgment is fair. I definitely think this beer is better in its style those beers are in theirs and I can taste the same signature that I did in the other two. So I guess this beer has salvaged my opinion of Great Divide. Even though I lean more towards beers that I can put away en masse, this was a good beer. (1,532 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is quite an older bottle, old label, maybe 3-4 years old at this point, but there's no date that I can see.

Pours a darker colored creamy mocha head that barely covers the top, then fades at a decent pace that tries to leave lacing but the lacing also slides down the glass with some decent legs, and a super pitch black beer.

Nose brings tons of chocolate, dark chocolate and cocoa, baker's choc as well, some older soft aged malts and dusty cocoa, dark malts with a little roast and hint of char, just a hint of oxidation, lots of oats too, slight fluffy nougat like aroma and some caramel.

Taste starts rich and creamy, a bit of a luscious melting chocolate, baker's chocolate and dark chocolate, cocoa, a little caramel and fluffy nougat. Some dry cocoa dust and a little cereal like grain, some creamy oats. Mild warming booze still with a bit of a booze flavor even, and mild oxidation again but barely. Also that soft aged malt character, the dark aged malt, with mild roast and char, and quite dark malts and touch of fudge. It also still has a bit of an earthy hop character but not a lot left after the age. Finish is a little syrupy and sticky, creamy dark chocolate and cocoa lingering, little fudge still lingering, bit more earthy spicy hops.

Mouth is fuller bod, a little creamy and lush but lighter than I expected, lighter but decent carb, hint of warming booze.

Overall interesting, def need to try it again fresh and review notes, but a nice aged feel to it and still very tasty. (1,509 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looking at the label,it says bottled on March 11, 2011. I should have waited two more days for its second anniversary! Very dark, with a nice beige head and plenty of lacing in the Ommegang chalice. A pleasant aroma of toasted fruitbread and burnt raisins.

Flavors of licorice and a little smoke. You could imagine this as a black, oily Scottish Ale. Rather bitter in the aftertaste. A lot of malt, but it tastes mostly burnt and dark roasted. This is a more austere and glowering style without much sweetness. It's possible that any residual sugar has vanished with the aging, but there is not trace of unwanted bacterial flavors, so it's a bonus for Great Divide.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at Liticker's Liquor & Deli in Ocean Beach. (740 characters)

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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